Mar 20, 2013 - Hi Dive
Door Time: 8:00 PM

Day: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Door Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Hi Dive

Age: 18 and over
Advance Ticket Price: $12
Day Of Show Price: $14
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K.Flay’s new EP, Eyes Shut, is a response to apathy. Thematically, the disc’s five tracks offer a dialogue about what it means to care—and not care—in the twentysomething era. K.Flay, the moniker for San Francisco-based musician Kristine Flaherty, reacts to this generational indifference musically. Her spit-fire rhymes and distorted indie-electro production are infused with unabashed passion and thoughtful concern.

Flaherty, who grew up outside Chicago and launched her music career while enrolled at Stanford University, arrived at this subject matter after spending nearly a year touring the country solo. Although she was opening for artists like Passion Pit, 3OH!3 and Wallpaper, Flaherty took the stage alone each night, urging a deep sense of introspection that initially resulted in a mixtape called I Stopped Caring In ’96. The mixtape, which Flaherty self-released last spring, initiated the writing process for Eyes Shut.

“I spent my first few years making music just messing around, not really having a sense of what I was about,” she explains. “With the mixtape, I started to realize my vision for the project. I made it in isolation, which was liberating in a creative sense. The songs on this EP start where the mixtape left off and reflect where I’m at in my own life now. There are no love songs. It’s really about a mindset, a perspective. A lot of the people I know are pretty apathetic and disillusioned. They’d rather check out than engage in something. I’m drawn to that myself at times and at other times I’m repelled by it.”

Isolation is a theme in Flaherty’s creative process. She is a songwriter, musician and producer, who works alone on many of her tracks from conception to completion, sometimes in her mother’s basement.

The five tracks on the EP were written during the spring and summer of 2011, with most of the recording occurring in September. Influenced by a diverse array of artists including OutKast and Lykke Li, the EP is an innovative combination of hip-hop, electronica and indie rock aesthetics, all bolstered by Flaherty’s undeniable rapping ability.

The K.Flay live show shines through the recordings as well. “Until recently my recorded stuff hasn’t captured what I’m trying to do,” Flaherty says. “It’s only been in the last nine months that I’ve honed in on that. You hear ‘white girl rapping’ and you get wary. But the live show has really shown people what I’m about and the production aspect of what I do. So with the EP it was about how I can replicate that accurately in a live setting.”

The EP is a precursor to K.Flay’s debut full-length, which she hopes to release in the first half of 2012. Meanwhile, between writing, recording and touring, the musician, who recently performed at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Arts & Music Festival, has been sharpening her production skills by remixing other artists, including Beastie Boys, Young the Giant, Walk the Moon, and Oh Land. And she’s not touring quite so solo anymore—Flaherty recently added a drummer to the mix.

“I feel like I’m taking the next step,” she says. “I’m in the process of taking something that was just nascent and, with the help of a few people, starting to flesh it out a little more. It’s been a real year of growth.”

Flaherty may write about apathy, but she’s anything but apathetic.

Input + Broken
Input + BrokenGustavo D’Arthenay, better known as Input, is a well-known Denver-based hip-hop artist. His unique blend of rhythm based music and direct lyrics – as well as his commitment to his fans – has made him one of Denver’s most popular rappers and has helped him gain a devout local following.

First and foremost, Input is a music fan. His appreciation and passion for rap and hip-hop serve as the motivation behind his music. Input’s goal is simple: to create music that people, as a whole, can appreciate and relate to; straightforward music that makes sense. He is known for his ability to pair unique beats with uncomplicated, personal lyrics – creating music that resonates with listeners.

Since his first album, Input has demonstrated the work ethic and artistic drive that has made him such a highly regarded artist. His release, “Elusive Candor,” dropped in 2006 and marked an evolutionary shift into a new wave of hip-hop. In 2007, Input released “A Radio With Guts,” which he followed up in 2008 with the fan favorite, “Pictureface.” After a 30-city tour, he thanked his fans by releasing “Unreleased & Unrelenting” and “Lessons Learned” as free downloads.

Input has just released his new full-length album, “Left For Dead.” The new album, which features several popular artists, is Input’s first collaboration with producer Broken. Speaking to the new album, Input said, “I have explored my deepest emotions and demons to create something that I am more than proud of. This album will speak volumes of my personal growth and accomplishments over the past 5 years of music.” With this highly anticipated album, Input is poised to become an internationally recognized artist – something that won’t come as a surprise to his current fans.

Reverb & the Verse
Reverb & the VerseReverb & The Verse is a revolutionary music phenomenon formed in the squarest state over a decade ago, in the shadows of the mountains. The music world likes to stamp genre labels on bands; R&TV see this as inaccurate and antiquated. They are not hip-hop. They are not electronic. It is both and neither; first and foremost it is music, which smashes up many genres while leaving you singing hooks for days. "Electro-Rap" may get close to capturing the style. If you can't sing it later, then what? Listen and absorb. This is art, whatever your musical bent.